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Book Review: Quiet Times with God

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

In her new devotional book, Quiet Times with God, Joyce Meyer writes that “the very best time you can spend each day is time with God.” It’s easy to get distracted in the busyness of life—that’s why it’s so important to “unplug” and have a time of quiet with God each day so we can better hear His voice. This 365-day devotional can help us do that.

Each daily devotion starts off with a Bible verse, then teaching and encouragement from Meyer, and ends with a special thought for the day. And if you want to dig deeper into the topic of the day, there’s additional Scripture references listed that you can look up for more insights.

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When Women Pray

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“This book is a call for women of all generations…in every community to dream like their daughters and pray like their grandmothers,” T. D. Jakes writes in the introduction of his new book, When Women Pray: 10 Women of the Bible Who Changed the World Through Prayer. He shares about 10 women who had faith that their prayers would change things—and through their stories we see the power of prayer and the importance of prayer…we find inspiration, encouragement, and strength from their example.

The book presents the stories of these 10 women of the Bible so compellingly, I was immediately drawn into the book. The 10 different chapters focus on 10 different women whose experiences and struggles are amazingly relatable to issues women face today. They all believed God would hear their prayers and that their prayers would bring about change—and their stories show how God was faithful to answer their prayers.

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Take Heart

This is a review of Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God when Life’s Not Okay; all opinions expressed are mine.

We all walk through difficult seasons in life, and If you aren’t going through a tough time yourself right now, you probably have friends or family who are. Could these words have been written or spoken by you or someone you know?

My tasks outnumbered my time, and worry outweighed my ability to focus and get things done…

My world came to a standstill the day my friend died…

In my twelfth year as a journalist, I hit a big bump in my career. When the dust settled, I didn’t have a job…

Nighttime was the hardest after my husband left…

In three months I’ll turn fifty…. Shouldn’t I have achieved more by now? Why haven’t I accomplished my goals? What is God’s purpose for my life?

In the new book by the (in)courage community of writers, Take Heart: 100 Devotions to Seeing God When Life’s Not Okay, you’ll find honest, hard, and very relatable stories about challenging times these women have gone through. They also share that despite the hardships, the pain, and the difficulties, they found comfort as they saw God working in their circumstances. And even when they couldn’t understand how God was working, they held on to hope, knowing that He was with them through it all.

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Do It Afraid

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

We all deal with fear, every single one of us! Fear not only causes us worry, doubt, dread, insecurity, and stress, it often prevents us from moving forward to where God is leading us. Whether you’re dealing with little fears or big fears, If you’re tired of living in fear or not sure why certain things or circumstances cause you to react in fear, Joyce Meyer’s new book, Do It Afraid: Embracing Courage in the Face of Fear, (FaithWords, hardcover) is an extremely worthwhile and helpful book to read. In her practical, straightforward way, she shares so many nuggets of wisdom that can help you face your fears and gain freedom from them.

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Habits of a Godly Woman

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“If you change your habits, you’ll change your life.” Thats how Joyce Meyer begins the introduction of her new book, Habits of a Godly Woman (FaithWords, hardcover). And who wouldn’t want to change their life for the better? Habits make up a big part of our daily life—what we think, say, do, and spend time and money on—even our attitudes, emotions, and reactions. We all have habits we’d like to break, and Meyer says that the good news is, habits can always be changed: “Every day you live, you have a chance to develop a new habit or to break a bad one and replace it with a good one.”

In this book of 25 short, easy-to-read chapters (you could use it as a devotional and read a chapter a day or just read it as you have time), Meyer explores many of the most important habits of a godly woman, whom she describes as being peaceful and confident, desiring to continue to grow in her relationship with God, and wanting be a blessing to others. Each chapter focuses on a godly habit and includes some Scripture references related to that habit (Meyer calls them “Habit Builders”). Some of the habits she writes about developing include the habits of Prayer, Gratitude, Positive Thoughts and Words, Generosity, Contentment, Confidence, Releasing Worries, and Excellence—and she includes lots of wisdom, practical advice, and examples from her own life that offer encouragement and hope.

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